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Representatives from the Israeli and Palestinian sides have been negotiating indirectly in Cairo in an attempt to end the fighting that began on July 8 and has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Three Israeli civilians and 61 soldiers have been killed.
“Indirect talks are ongoing, and we still have today to secure this,” an Egyptian official said when asked whether the truce was likely to go beyond Friday.
“Egypt’s aims are to stabilize and extend the truce with the agreement of both sides and begin negotiations towards a permanent agreement to cease fire and ease border restrictions.”
After a month of attacks, the two sides have not met face to face.
Both sides have said they are willing to extend the truce if their conditions are met, Palestinian news website Maan News reported. At the same time, both have said they will resume fighting unless the other side agrees to their demands.
A senior Hamas commander said that “unless the conditions of the resistance are met, the negotiating team will withdraw from Cairo and then it will be up to the resistance in the field,” Haaretz reported.
Israel’s military will “resume operations” if Hamas renews hostilities, Israel’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan told Israel Radio on Thursday.
With wire services